RMD Kwikform has been working with Brazilian construction specialist Odebrecht, to fulfill the formwork and shoring contract for no fewer than 25 structures for the new 458 million Libyan dinars (US$350 million) 24 km Tripoli Third ring road Project.
Including underpasses, overpasses and embankments, the scale of the works will see over 1,200 tonnes of RMD Kwikform materials shipped to the project. Supplied systems included bespoke pier formwork, Rapidshor shoring, GTX and Superslim wall formwork and steel panel systems for foundations.
The project is aimed at reducing congestion around the centre of Tripoli, providing much needed relief to commuters in and out of the city. Commenting on its work on the project with RMD Kwikform and why it was chosen as its formwork and shoring partner, Odebrecht Procurement Manager, Mr Eduardo Freitas, said: “This is one of two major projects we are currently working on in Libya using RMD Kwikform equipment and services, the other being Tripoli airport. Having had a very positive experience with RMD Kwikform, we chose to award the formwork and shoring contract for the 25 structures to them in May 2008 as with the speed of the project delivery timeframe, we needed to work with a supplier we could rely on.
“Major road jobs of this type require a great deal of planning in order to make sure you sequence the works correctly. With this particular job, we needed to be able to work on numerous structures concurrently, whilst keeping the cost of equipment purchases within the client’s budget constraints. Knowing we could secure the right volumes of equipment and timely drawings of each structure was therefore extremely important.”
Having operated in Libya for over 7 years, RMD Kwikform was well placed to secure the equipment needed for the project. Sourcing equipment from its extensive regional branch network in the Middle East, using its global infrastructure planning system to support the logistical implementation required, RMD Kwikform was able to schedule deliveries to site as required.
Commenting on the project, Regional Export Sales Manager for RMD Kwikform, Alexis Potter said: “With our proven expertise in major infrastructure projects across the Middle East region, we were able to demonstrate to Odebrecht just how we could help them deliver the project. The major benefit for Odebrecht in using RMD Kwikform was the existing understanding our engineering team had with the business, having worked on the Tripoli airport job.
“Using our experience on similar infrastructure projects in the region, we were also able to take a closer look at the individual structures and suggest both cost and time saving solutions that could be adopted. Using manufacturing bases in the UAE and China we were able to manufacture the distinct Y-shaped pier formwork in two locations at the same time. This meant we were able to ship more materials in a shorter period of time – matching exactly the client’s fast track programme”.